1. These forms must be typewritten or printed in blue or black ink by the applicant himself/herself.
2. All questions must be answered, if applicable. If not applicable, indicate “N/A”.
3. Failure to answer any and all questions truthfully, accurately or completed shall result in the applicant's disqualification, or, if discovered after an individual is hired, termination from employment.
4. If the space provided is not sufficient for complete answers, or you wish to make additional comments, attach sheets the same size as these forms and indicate to which question those sheets pertain.
5. You are applying for a responsible public safety position. It is essential that you follow instructions specifically as directed. Make sure all dates and information are absolutely accurate.
6. If, after submitting this application, you become no longer interested in appointment as a police officer please notify the Chief of Police in a timely manner.
All applicants must submit the following documents with their applications.
a. One copy of your higher education diploma and all transcripts from any/all college and graduate study.
b. One copy of your birth certificate.
c. Writing Sample -- Please submit with your application a handwritten (or
printed) 150 word essay explaining what you think it means to be a Police Officer in the Town of Dighton.
d. A copy of your social security card.
e. A copy of your MA driver’s license.
8. A Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check will be performed on each applicant who submits an application for employment with this police department.
I have read and understand the above instructions.
This application will be held on file for a period of 2 years.
To The Applicant. READ THIS INTRODUCTION CAREFULLY BEFORE ANSWERING ANY QUESTIONS. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin or disability. Federal Law also prohibits discrimination on the basis of age with respect to certain individuals. The Laws of Massachusetts also prohibit some or all of the above-stated discrimination as well as some additional types, such as discrimination based upon ancestry and marital status.
Questions with an asterisk (*) immediately to the left of the questions are optional. Although the information is useful on our examination of applicants, your decision not to answer any or all of the asterisk questions will not be held against you.
I. PERSONAL HISTORY a.
(First) (Middle) (Last)
(Number & Street)
(City/Town) (State) (Zip)
b. Date of Birth Social Security No.: c. Other Names Used: Give any other names by which you have been legally
known (if any):
Name: Date(s) When Used:
Name: Date(s) When Used:
d. How long have your lived at this address?
e. Neighbors Name, Address and Telephone Number who can verify above:
f. *Weight (without clothes) Height (without shoes) g. In chronological order, please state every place you have resided within the past ten years. Include addresses while attending school, if away from home, and all military addresses. (Note: Your present address should be listed on the first line below.)
Number and Street
Landlord’s Name and Telephone #
h. List all credit card accounts for which you are responsible. (Give account name, e.g., Home Depot, account numbers and amount owed).
i. Do you own a home [ ], rent [ ], live with parents [ ]? If you own a home, give
more details. Name and address of mortgage holder:
k. Do you own any other real estate? Yes [ ] No [ ] If yes, give details.
Location Mortgage Held By
l. Are you lawfully eligible for employment in the United States? Yes [ ] No [ ]
m. If you are under the age of 18 or over the age of 70, please state your age.
o. Do you have a relative employed by the Town? Yes [ ] No [ ] If yes, please give name and relationship: _________________________________________
p. Do you personally know any police officers working in this department?
Yes [ ] No [ ] If yes, name and rank (if known): _______________________
q. Are you willing to work any shift, including 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. during the week, on weekends and holidays if required? Yes [ ] No [ ] If no, why not?
r. If your application is favorably considered, on what date can you start work?
s. Do you possess a valid driver’s license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts? Yes [ ] No [ ] Driver’s License No.: t. Was your driver's license in this state, or any state, ever suspended or revoked?
Yes [ ] No [ ] If yes, give details: _________________________________________
a. List the name and address of the following schools you attended and dates of
School Name and Address
Number of Years Attended
Other: Equivalency, etc.
Courses Now Studying:
b. Were you ever dismissed from a school or was any disciplinary action, including
scholastic probation, ever taken against you during your scholastic career?
Yes [ ] No [ ] If yes, give school, date and action taken:
c. List awards, honors, citations, positions held in school organizations, athletic endeavors, any other special recognition you received while attending school. Also list any special recognition you have received in your community since you left school. (Exclude those organizations and awards which by their nature, name or character indicate the religion, race or national origin of its members.)
e. Indicate your proficiency in each phase of each foreign language as “none”, “good”, or “fluent”.
f. Are you a member of the Massachusetts Bar? Yes [ ] No [ ]
g. Please list any office machines, special equipment or computer systems on which you have experience. Also include your degree of proficiency with each on a scale of one to ten. (With 1 being the lowest, and 10 being the highest).
h. Do you have any court judgments pending against you (civil or criminal)? \
Yes [ ] No [ ] If yes, give details:
i. Have you ever been sued or had your wages garnished? Yes [ ] No [ ] If yes, give details:
j. Do you now owe money for traffic fines? Yes [ ] No [ ]
Do you now owe money for parking tickets? Yes [ ] No [ ]
Do you now owe money for excise taxes? Yes [ ] No [ ]
Do you now owe money for any moving violations? Yes [ ] No [ ]
If you answered yes to any of the above, please give complete details including the amount owed and to whom it is owed.
Ill. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY a. In reverse chronological order, list all employments (including summer and part-time employments while attending school). All time must be accounted for. If unemployed for a period, set forth the dates of unemployment. (Use additional sheets of paper if necessary.) Applicants may also include verifiable work performed on a volunteer basis.
b. Have you ever been fired or forced to resign because of misconduct or unsatisfactory employment? Yes [ ] No [ ]. If yes, give details:
c. Are you eligible for rehire with your former employers. Yes [ ] No [ ] If no, please explain:
IV. MILITARY SERVICE a. Have you ever served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States?
Yes [ ] No [ ] If yes, what was the highest rank attained?______________________
Branch of Military Service Serial Number Dates of Active Duty
Type of Discharge Dates of Discharge Member of Reserve?
Yes [ ] No [ ]
b. Was any type of disciplinary action taken against you in the Military Service?
Yes [ ] No [ ] If yes, explain. ____________________________________________
c. Are you now or were you formerly in the National Guard?
[ ]Present [ ]Former [ ]Never
If you are a member of the National Guard and attend drills, meetings, or camps, give
the name of the unit and location.
Summer Camp Attendance From: To:
d. If you were ever a member of the Armed Services, were you court-martialed?
Yes [ ] No [ ] If yes, explain:
a. List three references (excluding relatives, in-laws, former or present employers, fellow employees or school teachers) on this page who are responsible adults, have reputable standing in their community and who have known you for at least five years. All persons to whom you refer may be asked to appraise your character, ability, experience, personality and other qualities. Provide address, phone and length of time you’ve known each reference.
VI. CRIMINAL RECORD Note: With regard to questions contained in this section, under Massachusetts Law, you may answer 'no record" if any of the following circumstances are applicable.)
(1) You have never been arrested for violation of a criminal statute;
(2) You have been arrested but have never been tried for a criminal offense;
(3) You have been tried for a criminal offense but were not convicted,
(4) You have a first conviction for any of the following misdemeanors:
(a) drunkenness (b) simple assault (c) speeding
(d) minor traffic violation (e) affray or (f) disturbance of the peace;
(5) You have not been convicted of a criminal offense within the five years before the date of this application and you have been convicted of misdemeanors where the date of conviction or the termination of incarceration, if any, occurred more than five years before the date of this application;
(6) You have felony or misdemeanor convictions which have been sealed pursuant to Massachusetts Law,
(7) You have juvenile delinquency or child in need of services complaints which were not transferred to Superior Court for prosecution a. Have you ever been convicted of a felony? Yes [ ] No [ ]
b. Have you been convicted of a misdemeanor within the last 5 years other than the first conviction for drunkenness, simple assault, speeding, minor traffic violations, affray or disturbance of the peace? Yes [ ] No [ ]
c. Were you convicted of a misdemeanor (other than first conviction for drunkenness, simple assault, speeding, minor traffic violations, affray, or disturbance of the peace) more than 5 years ago which resulted in a jail sentence from which you were released within the last 5 years? Yes [ ] No [ ]
d. If your answer to any "of the three preceding questions (a., b., c.) is yes, please
describe the offense involved, the date of the offense, the court in which you were convicted, and any mitigating circumstances. Please include the Docket Number:
Full Description of Offense
Dates of Offense
Court & Docket No.
Disposition, Finding, Sentence & Probation
e. Have you ever been convicted of a sexual offense? Yes [ ] No [ ] If you have answered yes, please state the following:
f. Have you ever been convicted of a narcotic drug offense? Yes [ ] No [ ] If you have answered yes, please state the following:
g. Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment after conviction of a crime?
Yes [ ] No [ ] If you have answered yes, please state the following:
h. Are you now under charge for any criminal offense on which you are awaiting trial
or final disposition? Yes [ ] No [ ] If you have answered yes, please state the following:
Have you ever been or are you currently the subject of any petition for restraining order requesting or issued pursuant to c. 209A (abuse prevention), of the Massachusetts General Laws, or any abuse prevention orders issued by any state? Yes [ ] No [ ] If you have answered yes, please explain when and where. __________________________________________________________
c. Have you ever applied for and been denied a license to carry a firearm?
Yes [ ] No [ ] If yes, please provide details, including the date of denial, person denying application and reason:
d. Have you ever been issued an FID card? Yes [ ] No [ ] If yes, please specify:
e. If the answer to 'b" or "d" above is yes, was it ever revoked or suspended?
Yes [ ] No [ ] If yes, give details:
IT IS UNLAWFUL IN MASSACHUSETTS TO REQUIRE OR ADMINISTER A LIE DETECTOR TEST AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT OR CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT. AN EMPLOYER WHO VIOLATES THIS LAW SHALL BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PENALTIES AND CIVIL LIABILITY.
Thank you for completing this application and your interest in employment with
the Dighton Police Department.
Make sure to take the time to ensure that this application and any and all documents that shall accompany it are COMPLETED IN THEIR ENTIRETY and to the best of your knowledge. Incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered for further consideration. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY AND SIGN BELOW INDICATING THAT YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THE TERMS AS STATED I understand that a physical agilities test, psychological exam and drug screening urinalysis will be required after an employment offer has been made and at the expense of the prospective candidate. I understand that this is not a contract of employment and I, or the Town of Dighton, may sever the employment relationship at any time for any reason. Any oral or written statement to the contrary, including any which are made by a Town representative, are disavowed and may not be relied upon by any prospective or existing employee.
I understand also that the Dighton Police Department has established day and night tours for which I must be available as required. I further understand that any appointment tendered me will be contingent upon the results of a complete character and fitness investigation, and I am aware that willfully withholding information or making false statements on this application will be the basis for rejection of my application or dismissal from the Dighton Police Department. I agree to these conditions and I hereby certify that all statements made by me on this application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I hereby give the Dighton Police Department authorization to contact any person reasonably related to the character and fitness investigation and to request that an independent credit report be prepared as to my financial condition. I also authorize any person contacted to share written and oral information which is reasonably related to the public safety position for which I am applying.
Finally, I hereby release, discharge and exonerate the Town of Dighton, its agents and representatives, and any person so furnished information, from any and all liability of every nature and kind arising out of the furnishings or inspection of such documents, records, or other information or investigations made by or on behalf of this municipality. This authority shall continue until revoked in writing by the undersigned.
I, , being duly sworn, depose and state I am the above-
named person. I signed the foregoing statement. I personally read and printed by hand or typewriter answers to each and every question therein and I do solemnly swear that each and every answer is full, true and correct in every respect.
Signature of Applicant
Sworn before me this day of , 20.
Notary Public or Commissioner of Deeds
My Commission Expires:
GENERAL RELEASE Date: I, , born at
on , having filed an application for employment with the Dighton Police Department, consent to have an investigation made as to my moral character, reputation and fitness for the position to which I have applied and such information as may be, received, reported to the appointing authority. I agree to give any further information which may be required in reference to my past record.
I also authorize and request, every person, firm, company, corporation, (governmental agency, court, association or institution having control of any documents, records and other information pertaining to me, to furnish to the Dighton Police Department any such information, including, documents, records, files regarding charges or complaints filed against me, formal or informal, pending or closed, or any other pertinent data, and to permit the Dighton Police Department or any of its agents or representatives to inspect and make copies of such documents, records and other information.
Specifically, I hereby authorize the release of the following data or records to the Dighton Police Department.
I hereby release, discharge and exonerate the Dighton Police Department, its agents and representatives and any person so furnishing information from any and all liability of every nature and kind arising out of the furnishing or inspection of such documents, records and other information or the investigations made by or on behalf of the Dighton Police Department.
This authority shall continue for one year unless sooner revoked in writing by the undersigned.
CREDIT CHECK AUTHORIZATION The undersigned certifies that this Investigation has been duly authorized by his superior(s) that all information requested is for the exclusive, official use of the undersigned agency or department and for use only in connection with such investigation; and the consumer report requested is for a permissible purpose under Public Law 91-508 (Fair Credit Reporting Act), of which the undersigned is knowledgeable.
Public Law 91-508 provides that any person who knowingly and willfully obtains information on a consumer reporting agency under false pretenses shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than one year or both.
Agency or Department Individual Requesting Report
Ident. or Code
FOR DEPARTMENT USE: Person Giving Report:
Price and Type of Report:
CORI CHECK ACKNOWLEDGMENT
I, residing at
, Massachusetts, acknowledge that a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check will be performed as part of the municipality’s hiring process. I further acknowledge that a refusal to allow the CORI check to be performed will cause my application to no longer be considered for employment.